Six Anti-Abortion Protestors Convicted for Behavior in Mississippi in July
The Jackson, Mississippi Municipal Court found six anti-abortion protestors guilty yesterday for charges brought against them during Operation Save America's week-long siege of the last remaining abortion clinic in the state this summer. In total, 13 protestors faced charges of violating Jackson's special event ordinance, disorderly conduct, impeding traffic, and disturbing the peace, according to the Clarion-Ledger. Those found guilty will be fined $100, though there is a 30-day stay on paying the fines to allow for the filing of appeals; Reverend Philip "Flip" Benham, the leader of Operation Save America (OSA) and the principal organizer of the July protest, told the Clarion-Ledger that the group plans on appealing the guilty verdicts.
The weeklong protest at the Jackson Women's Health Organization, which lasted from July 15 to July 22, 2006, was an attempt to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state of Mississippi. Despite disruptive activity, including anti-Muslim and anti-gay protests, OSA did not impede the clinic from functioning normally. The Feminist Majority Foundation assisted the clinic, providing resources, support, and community organizers to aid the clinic during OSA's protest.
"We need to remind people how (the anti-abortion protestors) were acting... aggressive, disrespectful, and rude," Michelle Colon, president of the Jackson chapter of the National Organization for Women, told the Clarion-Ledger. "They do what they always do, this is nothing new... These people claim to be Christians, but here they are attacking people."
10/31/2014 Federal Judge Exempts Another Catholic University from Birth Control Coverage - A federal judge ruled Tuesday that Ave Maria University, a Catholic university in Florida, does not have to comply with federal rules meant to ensure that covered employees can exercise their right to obtain birth control at no cost.
The Affordable Care Act requires all new health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives - such as the pill, emergency contraceptives, and IUDs - without charging co-pays, deductibles or co-insurance. . . .
10/31/2014 Women of Color in Tennessee Are United in Opposition to Amendment 1 - Just days before the general election in Tennessee, a coalition of community leaders, clergy, and advocates led a press conference encouraging women of color to vote no on Amendment 1, a dangerous and far-reaching measure on the state's ballot.
SisterReach, a grassroots organization focused on "empowering, organizing, and mobilizing women and girls in the community around their reproductive and sexual health to make informed decisions about themselves," organized the press conference "to call attention to the unique concerns Black and poor communities throughout Shelby County and across the state of Tennessee face on a daily basis" and to emphasize how the upcoming election "could further limit [black women's] reproductive, economic, political, and social autonomy."
"We assemble today to impress upon black women and women of color, many of whom are heads of households, to get out and vote," said SisterReacher Founder and CEO Cherisse Scott at the event.
SisterReach has been educating voters about the particularly dangerous impact of Amendment 1 on women of color. . . .
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .